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Waterlooplein Flea market of Amsterdam is one of the traditionally oldest, attractive and large outdoor markets where one can find a large stock of accessories at the reasonable price. Located behind the town hall ( het Stadhuis), South of the Red Light District this is the best market known for second hand clothing, household things and other articles. These articles include the things not only for young ones but also for the people of every age group as per their interest. For the youth also trendy t-shirts, old military uniform, canned spray paints, old books, CDís, DVDís, electronic items, curiosa, Strange objects, antiques, a lot of garbage and objects from other countries of Asia and Africa are at hand at cheap rates. Besides this one can also go for a tattoo at black curtained stalls to memorialize the trip. Some of the stalls also offer cultural items for sale which adds to the essence of the place. Due to the competition the prices could be bargained. But it might be possible that the prices are not negotiable at some of the shops.
The market came into origin as a general market, after the Second World War. But the square had been built on the place of the canals namely Leprozengracht and Houtgracht in the year 1880, followed by the establishment of a largest Jewish market in Amsterdam since 1893. This market came to an end in 1941 at the time of persecution of Jews by the Nazi Germany. In the year 1977- 1984 the market has to be shifted to another place due to the construction of the huge building of town hall and the opera. But it again returned to its present location after the completion of these buildings. The market regained its importance soon as a commercial market and at present about 300 stands could be seen here with endless items for sale. Some stalls have unique articles for sale and this act as the feather in the cap to the atmosphere of the place.
Its opening timings differ a little. From Monday to Friday the opening timing is 9:00 am Ė 5:30 pm but on weekend that is on Saturday its timing is 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. A huge crowd could be seen particularly on Saturday. It is located at Waterlooplein, 1011PG Amsterdam and transport facility to this market is easily accessible for the visitors. It is just at a distance of 15 min walking distance from Dam Square. One could also get there by tram or car also. Car could be parked at the parking place by paying the parking fees at the meter. After this remember to place the ticket behind the windshield of your car. The entrance to the car park is distinctly indicated.
Today it is one of the most busiest and crowded market of Amsterdam. Besides this it has also became a cultural centre for the youth of the city for trading buying as well as selling. In spite of the huge crowd and a number of junk items on sell, itís a worth visiting place. The market attracts the visitors and they seem to have a great time here. As itís a busy and crowded market so beware of pick-pockets and keep a keen eye on your belongings as should be done in any other market. Itís a good experience to visit this place even if you donít buy anything from this side. One can also collect a good knowledge about the people living here.
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